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The GNOME Foundation, a leading open source organization and the
provider of the GNOME desktop environment and the GNOME development
platform, is partnering with the Open Source Consortium (OSC), the
independent voice of the Open Source business community in Europe.
GNOME will join OSC's Community Advisory Board, and work with the OSC
to promote the Open Source desktop.

The move reflects the GNOME Foundation's support for the work of the
OSC. Examples of such work include the OSC's involvement with the
recent BECTA announcement concerning the future of Open Source
solutions for UK schools, and involvement with the Open Source Academy
initiative, which promotes adoption of Open Source software amongst
the public sector and is funded by the Office Of The Deputy Prime

Says Owen Taylor, chairman of the board of directors of the GNOME
Foundation, "The GNOME Foundation welcomes the opportunity to
collaborate with the OSC and increase adoption of Free and Open Source
Software in public administrations in Europe. We are excited about the
value we can bring to governmental organisations through the OSC"

OSC members will benefit from the closer working relationship with the
GNOME Foundation, including information sharing, GNOME presence at OSC
events and the GNOME Foundation's long experience in Open Source. The
GNOME Foundation expects to benefit by working with the OSC to promote
Open Source desktop software as an alternative to proprietary
operating systems in the European public sector.

For his part Mark Taylor, Executive Director of the OSC welcomed Owen's
comments adding, "The GNOME Foundation is known to the entire Free and
Open Source Software community for their usable, high-quality desktop.
We look forward to our joint collaboration in advancing the free
software desktop in Europe."

About the GNOME Foundation

Comprised of hundreds of volunteer developers and industry-leading
companies, the GNOME Foundation is an organization committed to
supporting the advancement of GNOME. The Foundation provides
organizational, financial and legal support to the GNOME project and
helps determine its vision and roadmap. GNOME is an entirely free user
environment for desktops, networked servers and portable Internet
devices. The modern architecture and design of GNOME includes a
technically advanced application development platform and a powerful
end-user desktop environment. Major leading software industry and
computer manufacturers support the GNOME development effort, which is
led by a worldwide community of volunteers. More information on GNOME is
available at

For further information. Please contact:

Dave Neary
Lyon, France

Ref the OSC
Leigh Richards
The Right Image PR
01932 2400055

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